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8 August, 2022

Records smashed at pentathlon

MORE than 20 records were broken at the Tableland Athletics annual Pentathlon on Sunday with nearly 200 competitors competing across a range of different track and field events.


Boys in the 7 Years category start off their 80-metre sprint race at the Tablelands Athletics Pentathlon over the weekend.
Boys in the 7 Years category start off their 80-metre sprint race at the Tablelands Athletics Pentathlon over the weekend.

The carnival has been running for more than 30 years and this year’s competition attracted 170 competitors from the Gold Coast, Proserpine, Townsville and Cooktown, including 40 keen athletes from Normanton. 

Events undertaken on the day ranged from short sprints (60-100m), long sprints (200m and 400m), middle distance (800m and 1500m), jumping (long and high jump) and all the throwing disciplines (shot put, discus, javelin and hammer).

More than 20 records were broken, with those athletes receiving a “Pentathlon Day Record Breaker Trophy”. 

The athletes came in all sizes and ages from four to 76 years old, national medallists and stalwarts to first-timers. 

The youngest competed in a four-event program, receiving participation medallions whilst all other competitors vied for medals in the five event Pentathlon. 

The throwing events of the Pentathlon were highly competitive, with 17 athletes taking part in the hammer, discus and javelin.

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